6/8 Morning Communiqué

CITY PAGES BLOGS AND NEWS

Cold showers and being near celebrities being photographed: Join Diablo Cody at Pussy Ranch West in L.A.

The week's best releases from the pop culture universe are posted at Culture Jamming.

Check out the latest from a Minnesota contingent at the World Series of Poker at Balls.

Download free MP3s from local artists such as Ben Weaver, Cloud Cult, Telephone!, M.anifest, Digitata, and more at Music To Go.

THESE DAYS

The U.S. military is developing a robot with a teddy bear-style head to help carry injured soldiers away from the battlefield.

The 35 million under-nourished Americans cost the United States 90 billion dollars worth of lost annual economic output, according to a Harvard School of Public Health study.

The Terrence Higgins Trust said competitors at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah, used 250,000 condoms during a 10-day period. What do you want... a medal?

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

Chris and Deb post beautiful shots of the City of Lakes every day at, appropriately enough, Minneapolis Daily Photo.

[Minnesota-based blog directory]

TIME WASTERS

From Cabot Cove to Amity Island: The 7 Worst Fictional Towns in America

Meet Don Mossi, the world's "ugliest" baseball player [via BoingBoing]

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"Today no one is a virgin when they get married... show me someone who's a virgin!"

— Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen, promoting condom use in the aftermath of Pope Benedict's message opposing abortion and contraception delivered on a recent visit to Brazil, the world's largest Roman Catholic country

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